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Nicaraguan Cardinal Obando y Bravo, who clashed with Sandinistas, dead at 92

June 04, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, who led the Church in Nicaragua through years of confrontation with the country’s Sandinista government in the 1980s, died on Sunday, June 3, at the age of 92. A Salesian priest, Miguel Obando y Bravo was named Archbishop of Managua in 1970, and named a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1985, in a clear sign of the Pope’s support during Nicaragua’s crisis. He retired in 2005 at the age of 79.

There are now 212 living members of the College of Cardinals, of whom 115 are eligible to take part in a papal election. Pope Francis will elevate 14 new cardinals, including 11 cardinal-electors, on June 29.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 04, 2018 9:59 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Obando y Bravo is Salesian, meaning not afraid to get his hands dirty and stand up for what is right, even at great personal cost. When Jesuit and Maryknoll priests were mocking and ridiculing him while serving in political posts, he was the one embraced by St. JPII during his historic visit to that persecuted land. When St. JPII wagged his finger at the dissenting Communist priests, they mocked and ridiculed him as well. To think that the same band of devils still runs the government..